Francisco Lindor not worried about Mets' offensive struggles

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Francisco Lindor reacts after striking out against the Rockies - 2021
Francisco Lindor reacts after striking out against the Rockies - 2021

The Mets are in first place, so panicking in mid-May seems a bit off.

But considering the Mets rank near, or at, the bottom in most offensive categories, there is legitimate cause for concern.

And their big acquisition in Francisco Lindor isn't hitting, either.

"Did they change the balls in Tampa? Because I didn't see them over there," Lindor joked.

Over his first 33 games, Lindor has slashed a measly .190/.301/.281.

And those poor team stats included games with Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil, who are both on the injured list after suffering hamstring injuries on Sunday.

When he came to New York and signed a 10-year, $341 million contract, he was expected to perform. And even though he won't admit it, there probably was, and is, pressure to do so.

But with the Mets' latest injuries, the shortstop said there is no added pressure, and is excited for guys like Khalil Lee and Johneshwy Fargas to help out.

"It’s a lineup of nine hitters and it’s a great opportunity for new guys to step up and show what they’re capable of doing and help the team win," Lindor said, "We’re gonna go through adversity in the year. It sucks to have some of the guys go down. You want them to come back as soon as possible, but this is definitely a good opportunity for new guys to show what they’re capable of doing and have old guys recover.

"It’s not just me. I don’t play tennis, I don’t play golf. I’m not by myself. I play a team sport. Understanding that my teammates are really good at what they do and that I don’t have to be the man every single night. I just have to be a part of the puzzle. Every night is a puzzle and there’s gonna be one part that puts it together."

Despite ranking last in the majors in runs scored, Lindor isn't worried one bit.

Again, they are in first place.

“We are in a good spot when it comes to the team, we just all haven’t clicked at the same time. We clicked a couple of times," Lindor said, adding that he thinks they'll win "90-100" games. "But we really haven’t done it consistently. It’s gonna be beautiful when we all do it consistently and for a long period of time. It’s gonna be beautiful. I can’t wait.

"We have everything. We have what it takes to win. I think this is a good team. I’m excited to see how the year unfolds and we’ll see what happens."